Wednesday, September 2, 2015

BACON WRAPPED ASPARAGUS BUNDLES RECIPE


Here's a quick treat, great for a party, great as a side dish, great as a snack...bacon wrapped asparagus bundles.  

Bacon and Asparagus Bundles
I missed photographing a couple of steps because I got into the preparation before 2nd Man reminded me to take pics.  

First, we take a 1/2 cup (1 stick) of softened butter, depending on how many you are making, and mix it up with 2 cloves minced garlic, 1 tsp onion powder and 1/2 tsp of red pepper flakes (optional, if you like heat).  You are making a garlic herb butter spread.  After it's mixed, we like to pop it in the fridge for a few minutes to firm it up a bit.  If you have leftover, spread on bread and broil.

Next, cut a strip of uncooked bacon in half.  Take three pieces of fresh asparagus and cut them in half.  Place the six pieces on the bacon side by side about halfway down.

Take the softened herb butter and spread over the asparagus.  Lastly, roll up the bacon so that it all sort of folds over itself and the asparagus bunches up and sticks together with the butter.  

You can see that in the photos below:




Lay the bacon wrapped bundles on a foil lined baking sheet.  As the butter melts and the bacon cooks, it will mess up a pan without foil.  Place the pan into the preheated oven...



...and bake at 350 degrees for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until bacon starts to turn crispy on the edges (your oven may vary).  I know it looks like a hot mess here but trust me...
Asparagus and Bacon Bundles
...they are wonderful!  What happens during the process is that the butter melts out and sautés and seasons the asparagus, along with some bacon fat of course.  The asparagus is tender and crispy, and the bacon is delicious.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

A BEEUTIFUL GIFT

Our very dear friend "D" joined us for a special event recently and she surprised us with a gift bag.  In it was this:

Her daughter "S", who we've known since she was in school, now she has flown the nest and is on her own, drew this picture of vintage style beehive artwork for us, complete with bees flying around.  So sweet that she took the time after work every night to create this for us.  And really cool, they even found a picture frame that was a shabby chic kind of honeycomb pattern.  We were very excited to get it and it will go in a special spot at the farm.  


We also love that she found a great gift bag to put it in that had a heavy hang tag.  It's made of wood with attached cord, so it's very much a lasting 'extra' gift.  We decided to hang it on the dining room cabinet knob.  The perfect spot!

It says "Eat, Drink and be Awesome".  

Yeah, I think we can handle the eat and drink part, we'll work on the awesome!

Thank you "D" and "S"!

Monday, August 31, 2015

RAIN SUIT FROM DULUTH

After the epic rains we had this Spring, there were a few times when I was at the farm and got caught in a downpour and all I could do it wait it out on the porch.  That got me to thinking that we need a rain suit of some sort for the farm.  If I had to go out and do something on the property in the rain, it would be nice to have a means to get around without getting soaked.


I've recently started shopping for some other things at Duluth Trading (more on those purchases later) when I stumbled across their rain suit.  It had great reviews and the yellow was on "special clearance" because of an issue with the color.  Instead of just a basic yellow, it was a bit more fluorescent yellow and had some small barely visible spots.  It was about half price.  Great deal!

It just came via UPS the other day. 

Duluth Trading Yellow Rain Suit
It is definitely a fluorescent yellow.  2nd Man looked at it and he said "um, yeah, I'll be able to see you anywhere on the property...and probably Google Earth satellites too", LOL.  The regular one (not on the super clearance) is blue.  Oh well, it will be easy to see in the rain and that's OK if I'm out in a monsoon, at least he (and Google) can keep an eye on me.  It's two pieces, an upper jacket with protective hood and built in visor, and then pants with numerous pockets.  There are even inner pocket zippers so you can get to the pockets of the clothing you are wearing underneath.  They have zippered ankles to tighten up around your rubber boots.  It is made of a super water repellent coated fabric and is very lightweight.  Oh, did I mention it's fluorescent yellow?  HA!



It is one more of the things that we felt would be good to have at the farm "just in case" we need it.  Obviously, I don't plan on gardening in the rain, but someday we just might have to get out in a heavy downpour and do something like tie down an item that has come loose, put a tarp on a roof, close a barn door or window, move a car, etc, and we'll definitely be grateful to have this item hanging in the closet.  

And by the way, nothing for me from Duluth in exchange for this, just me sharing something I found online that we like (but of course, if Duluth would like to contact me, the button is above, LOL!).

Anyone else have a rain suit?  
How do you use yours if you do?


Sunday, August 30, 2015

FAT IS FUEL FOR FIGHTERS, VINTAGE POSTER SUNDAY

Fat is Fuel for Fighters, vintage poster image courtesy of NYPubliclibrary archives
Here is an interesting poster image I found online recently.  It comes from WWI, and urged farmers to raise pigs because they help feed soldiers.  

A soldier's daily ration had 1 lb of meat in it and so a sow and her brood of ten would feed 3000 men in one day.  The tag line is that fat is fuel to fighters!  Hmm, I guess since I could easily eat a pound of pork in a day too, does that mean it's fuel to office workers now?  HA!

Hope you are having a good weekend!  More later this evening!



Saturday, August 29, 2015

BISCUITS IN THE MORNING

Woke up to a mess in the kitchen...


...but it was because of this!

YUM!

Homemade Biscuits
2nd Man had made fresh, homemade biscuits...sigh...one of my favorite things. We had them with real butter, homemade dewberry jam (our second to last jar).

BISCUIT RECIPE HERE

It was a good start to the weekend...hope you are having a great start to your weekend as well.  We have some cool "ish" weather, just running errands and not sure how the weekend will play out.  We have an event to attend tonight in downtown Houston so we'll be in town today.

Friday, August 28, 2015

GREAT ENTRANCE SIGN

We LOVE this sign...


We want something exactly like this at the entrance to the property.  We thought it would be neat to have it on a split rail fence near the spot where the driveway begins going toward our house.

A great reminder when you pull in to leave all your troubles and worries behind.  Hmm, maybe a smart phone/tablet free zone sign too?  LOL!

It's been a crazy busy week, I will catch up on all your wonderful comments this weekend.  Hey, just remember...



Thursday, August 27, 2015

MORE FLOWERS, INSPIRATION THURSDAY

Flower garden, image courtesy of Sunsetliving.com
For those new to the blog, every Thursday, we post up a photo that we have found online, sometimes years ago, sometimes recently.  The purpose is twofold...one we will be able to save them to remind us later of things we would like to do, that inspire us, and of course to share with you.

This is a lovely patch of flowers.  Here in the dog days of Summer, when everything is parched and dry, we love seeing something like this.  The colors all just blend so nicely together.  We'd love to have a patch (or two or three) like this scattered around the yard.  Someday!

Be inspired!